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I bought a school bus this summer, a little midsized school bus, and I’m going to turn it into a little mobile animation station with a studio in the back and a bed up front. (at Kenton County, Kentucky)

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Drawing on these football cards. (at Los Vegas Nevada)

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This is a scene that we did for the Lars Von Trier film “The House That Jack Built”.  This is Jack’s (Matt Dillon) explanation of the rising passion he holds for his art.  

12:58am on Tuesday 14th April 2020
5:16pm on Monday 28th January 2019

Animation Hotline #208 - Fengshui

oh hi Mark.  This one is pretty funny.  We were trying out some new materials, and really like how it turned out.  Jen did the absolutely amazing water-painting.  She is so talented.  Right now we are super busy working on the animated segments for an upcoming documentary about Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, that should (hopefully) be going to film festivals later this fall. But in the down time we are also working on new Animation Hotline videos.  I talked with Annabelle the other day and she had a great story about her name, so hopefully she is going to be calling in and telling that story, but for right now we are depending on you to call and tell your story!

Call us at (212)-683-2490!

4:01pm on Thursday 2nd August 2018

Animation Hotline #207 - Mask

Ah, yes, it’s Tuesday again! We’ve animated another anonymous monologue: one about moving into the city and the struggle to find first full-time employment fresh out of college. Changes and transitions mark growth but bring new doubts. Stay tuned for next week, more chalk dust (and possibly feng shui) coming your way! Have a story to tell/know someone who does? Call us at (212)-683-2490!

4:31pm on Tuesday 15th August 2017

Animation Hotline: Organs (#206)

A late night/early morning caller explains their floral-gory dream, helping us to create the B-Rated horror film we always wanted to. We’re busy keeping our earlier promise to crank these puppies out, which means you should be calling! Call now, call here, call there, call everywhere, call blue fish, red fish, one fish, two fish. You get the point. (212) 683-2490

6:22pm on Wednesday 9th August 2017

Whoa!  Haven’t made one of these in a really long time.  Maybe since last summer?!  But here it is.  There are three new interns this summer (see credits!) and we will be cranking these things out for the next month or so (maybe longer if we get a bunch of really great calls- hint-hint).   So, what we are trying to say is call, call and then call again so that we can choose from a whole bunch of stories, summer stories, poems, nightmares, reality checks, drunkalogues, breakups, engagements, childs new to the world, all that stuff.  All that good life stuff.  Call!   Call 212-683-2490.  This particular animation is about a phonebooth, sort of, not really.  We also made a life sized phonebooth that people can go inside and leave messages, so if you want to host the phonebooth at your location contact us.  It’s pretty heavy.  Maybe 500 pounds.  But one of the interns is really strong so it shouldn’t be a problem.  Have a great summer!  Enjoy!

3:51pm on Wednesday 2nd August 2017

SVA Career Fair 2017

Dusty Studio is going to be at the SVA Career Fair this Friday, March 24 from 1-4PM.  We will be looking for four Illustrators and a Motionographer for an upcoming job in April and May.  The Illustrators will need to show samples of figure drawing (digital photos of works on paper are sufficient, you don’t need to bring in your whole portfolio) and animation experience is a huge plus. If you aren’t able to make it to the booth, feel free to fill out this freelance form on the website.

We will also be speaking to people about summer internship opportunities.  If you are interested in an internship this summer with Dusty Studio please stop by the booth and say hello and drop off samples of your work.

The career fair will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor from 1-4PM.

4:50pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017

here’s to foggy mornings and dusty fingers #dustystudio

3:25pm on Saturday 18th March 2017

the studio’s new toy 📽#dustystudio

3:24pm on Saturday 18th March 2017

The Museum of Modern Art will be screening a selection of 11 of the Animation Hotline videos as part of the Doc Fortnight screening series on Friday, February 17 @ 5:30PM and Saturday, February 18 @ 7:00PM.  Tickets available online at:  https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/2819?locale=ja

5:44pm on Wednesday 15th February 2017
2:12am on Saturday 4th February 2017

Animation Hotline: Meaning (#201) from Dusty Studio on Vimeo.

Animation Hotline is screening at MoMA on February 17th and 18th.  Tickets go on sale February 3rd.

11:18pm on Friday 3rd February 2017

200th Animation Hotline! NYC Problems

It’s true!  Back in February 2011, I called up two of my favorite English professors, Bob Pope and Jerry Martien, and asked them to leave messages on my answering machine so that I could animate them.  Then I posted those animations and the phone number for people to call and leave their own message.  Now five years and thousands of voice-mails later, not to mention thousands of hours of animating, we’ve (and I say we’ve because it isn’t just me working on theses anymore, it’s the whole Dusty Studio team) created our 200th animation.  

I wanted to take a minute to say thanks to all the people who have helped make a project like this happen and for the opportunity that it’s allowed for me to communicate to the world in some strange way (I’ll admit I’m a bit of an introvert).  There are honestly too many people to thank here, they would start playing the talking-too-long music from the Oscars.

4:34pm on Tuesday 10th January 2017